Son of slain woman feared dad would go over the edge

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PHOENIX, ARIZ..--Aidan Blaies is just seven years old, but on Tuesday night he had a premonition something bad would happen to his mother.

His stepfather, Anthony Rinaldi, had moved out a few weeks before, but was back that night, angry at his wife Amanda, Aidan's mother, because of something to do with money.

"I knew my dad was going to do something bad," Aidan said, in an exclusive interview with 3TV.

He said his stepfather yelled at him to get upstairs.

"When he said go upstairs, I was like, please don't kill my mom, please don't kill my mom," Aidan said.

"He's like 'Aidan, run, run, run go upstairs quick,'" he said, "So I went upstairs, and then boom, boom, boom."

Aidan, speaking by his grandmother's side, was on the phone with 911 when the shots were fired.

Police say Rinaldi killed his wife, then fled, calling 911 to confess the murder moments later. Soon after he turned himself in to a DPS officer.

According to court paperwork, Rinaldi says he "snapped" and his "military training kicked in."

Pamela Blaies said she always feared her son-in-law would go over the edge.

"He was very angry, you could sense it, you could feel it," she said. "He was very controlling."

Blaies said the couple met in Florida and married while he was home from a deployment to Iraq. She says the violence was constant.

"When we saw the violence start it was pounding holes in walls and kicking things," Blaies said.

She said Amanda at times feared for her safety, and told friends if anything ever happened to her, to look for Rinaldi. She had written a will at just 28 years old.

Blaies said she frequently called police to report violence by Rinaldi, but Amanda would often cover for him, fearful he would lose his job as a Department of Corrections Officer.

"She constantly protected him and I would say why? And she would say because everyone he has ever loved has left him and she felt sorry for him," Blaies said. "He always played on her sympathy and emotion."

Blaies said she decided to tell her daughter's story as a warning to others.

"If there's one person out there who listens to any of this, just get away, just go, don't stay and don't feel sorry for anyone because you’re going to lose your life, just like my daughter did."

Rinaldi was facing a second-degree murder charge, but it was later upgraded to first-degree murder.

If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, here are some resources in the Valley:


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